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At the ‪#‎UNGA‬ Summit in New York City today, Malala urged world leaders to build a future where children in every corner of the earth can live and study in peace.

 ‪#withMalala‬ ‪#‎GlobalGoals‬
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Tall steps, long strides, good lungs for loud voices, and desire and determination that cannot be matched and lastly the Belief that it is possible.
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“For her tireless efforts in saving thousands of Somalis from war and famine, and for her extraordinary mission to promote basic human rights and build sustainable institutions in healthcare, education, agriculture and social entrepreneurship. Her Village began as a one-room clinic and became a vibrant community as well as an island of hope in one of the most dangerous places on earth."

Congratulations to Dr Hawa Abdi for winning the 2015 Pilosio Building Peace Award! The award was launched in 2011 with the aim of granting recognition to those who design and build in order to improve the lives of people throughout the entire planet, promoting conditions that create a peaceful atmosphere of tolerance and social cohesion between peoples. ‪#BPA2015

http://pilosioaward.com/award/
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"I'm passionate, and I'm in love with what I do, but at the end I have to sustain it. If I'm not smart enough, or if I don't know how to manage it I will lose it."

Meet ‪#‎VVGROW‬ fellow and restaurateur Aline Kamakian. Aline is the co-founder of Mayrig restaurant in #Lebanon‬. During her time in the VV GROW Fellowship, Aline focused on refining and strengthening her #franchising  strategy allowing her to expand to he UAE, Kuwait, Saaudi Arabia and beyond. #womeninbusiness   #entrepreneurship   #SME   #womenleaders  

Read her feature story in Caterer Middle East here: http://www.hoteliermiddleeast.com/emagazines/cme_259.php
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Congratulations to ‪#‎VVGROW‬ Fellow May Abdel Asim on being named one of 11 #egyptian  female #entrepreneur  breaking the mold in her country!

Adbel Asim held a variety of marketing and telecommunications jobs before embarking on her own entrepreneurial journey. In 2006, she founded what women want... magazine and in 2009 started Media & More a full service digital media agency specializing in social media handling, online marketing, design and content creation and production. #womeninbusiness   #MENA  

After completing the VVGROW Fellowship, Abdel Asim said "It was very humbling to meet so many great women and human beings and learn so many things about one's business and oneself as a human being. This was such a great experience and learning."

http://www.cairoscene.com/BusinessAndPolitics/11-Egyptian-Female-Entrepreneurs-that-Break-the-Mould
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Nagirasia Lengima lives in a nomadic community in northern Kenya and at 16, she's already a mother of two. But the young mother is determined not to let parenthood and household chores get in her way of getting an education. She attends a mobile school run by Adeso, a Nairobi-based NGO that brings learning to girls whose families are forced to move around the region to survive.

"Education is very important to me," said Nagirasia. "I'd like to continue learning...and maybe someday I can even get a job or open my business."

Read more via The Huffington Post: http://huff.to/1KcARvl

#Kenya   #Education   #Empowerment  
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The #GlobalAmbassadors  Program heads to Tokyo, #Japan   October 12-16 and we're looking for women in business and social enterprise who are ready to grow. Our program connects women leaders (mentees) — at a tipping point in their professional, business and leadership paths — with established women executives (Global Ambassadors or mentors) for mentorship and training. We take an innovative, immersive approach to mentoring in regions around the world; offering in-person exchanges, business acumen and skills training, networking and personal development workshops. The work pays off — 77 percent of past mentees report business and revenue growth in the months following the program. Join us!

Learn more and apply to be a mentee: http://www.global-ambassadors.org/
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"We know that any solution to meeting the global goals and achieving gender equality must be a collective solution, with requirements that reach beyond financing. By working together, with insight from the women leaders entrenched in these issues, we can systematically and effectively hold ourselves accountable to — at the very least — the gender-related targets of the global goals." Alyse Nelson, President & CEO Vital Voices

We believe that partners striving to advance the gender-related targets of the global goals can support the platform by:

● Convening a community of stakeholders to share best practices around technical solutions, innovative financing mechanisms and building awareness.

● Collaborating on new partnerships to press for policy and financial commitments.

● Gaining financial and substantive commitments from partners from the private sector, multilateral institutions, governments (both developing and developed), academia, media and NGO leaders.

READ more about how we can achieve the #GlobalGoals‬  by investing in women: https://www.devex.com/news/are-the-global-goals-within-reach-when-you-invest-in-women-yes-86943
#sdgs   #action2015   #SDG5  
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"The fear of beatings, sexual assaults, emotional abuse and threats means that many girls forfeit the right to education altogether." 

We invest in women who are working to #letgirlslearn. 
 
In villages and cities around the world, girls risk everything to go to school. Faridah, who lives outside of Islambad, Pakistan was forced to drop out of school and marry at 15. When she defied her husband's orders to stop going to school, he beat her.

"I totally disagree with my family. I feel it is terribly important that married women and girls also can go to school," she said. "What I learn at school will help me look after my children better, and it will give me and my family a better standard of living."

Read more via The Huffington Post: http://huff.to/1Fb2Ha7

#womensrights   #equality   #pakistan  
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"We in the private sector can make a difference faster than politicians, faster than NGOs."

2015 Global Leadership Award Honoree Yin Myo Su, talks about why tourism and ‪#‎ethicalbusiness‬ practices are important for growth in ‪#‎Myanmar‬.
Worried about the moral implications of spending tourism dollars in Myanmar? Here's the lowdown - and it isn't all good news for the generals
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It’s never too early to be an advocate for gender equality. That’s why we have partnered with World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to develop our Voices Against Violence curriculum to teach boys and girls of all ages the importance of respectful relationships. Learn more: http://ow.ly/QMbAI ‪#‎YouthDay‬
Photo: UN Women/Urjasi Rudra
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We're proud to partner with #men  like Moses Binoga on our Institute on the Investigation and Prosecution of Human Trafficking in #Uganda . For his work as the Assistant Commissioner of police and coordinator of the Uganda National Anti-Trafficking Task Force, he has received the Trafficking In Persons (TIP) Hero award from the Department of State.

"Mr. Binoga, we thank you for your leadership role in your country’s anti-human trafficking taskforce, your sustained efforts to increase public awareness of trafficking, and your unwavering support for the victims. Thank you so much and congratulations." -John Kerry, Secretary of State 

 Congratulations Moses! #endslavery   #endtrafficking   #humantrafficking   #mencombatVAW   #TIPreport  

LEARN MORE about Moses and his work on the blog: http://www.vitalvoices.org/blog/2015/07/tip-report-release-honors-one-vital-voices%E2%80%99-partners
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Inspired by Nelson Mandela's call for the next generation to take on the world’s social injustices through leadership, #MandelaDay  has become a global movement to change the world for the better.

#VVLead  Fellow Eugenie Drakes honors his legacy by taking part in 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day, which provides handmade blankets to children in need. #leadership   #womenleader

"It is amazing how the brown grass of the playground is transformed into a place of color as the children wrap themselves in their blankets with much laughter and merriment,” said Eugenie.

Read the full story of her experience on the blog. 
Nelson Mandela International Day occurs on July 18 in recognition of Nelson Mandela's birthday. It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world's social injustices. It is more than a celebration of Madiba's life ...
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Introduction
Vital Voices Global Partnership is a leading non-governmental organization (NGO) that identifies, invests in and brings visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential to transform lives and accelerate peace and prosperity in their communities.
  • We are at the forefront of international coalitions to combat human trafficking and other forms of violence against women and girls.
  • We enable women to become change agents in their governments, advocates for social justice, and supporters of democracy and the rule of law.
  • We equip women with management, business development, marketing, and communications skills to expand their enterprises, help to provide for their families, and create jobs in their communities.
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